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3 steps to preview your embroidery design on your selected fabric

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I shared with you Lynn Swanson’s 8 essential tips for embroidering free standing lace. Today we’ll start working on the Easter door banner.

THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2

 

Here’s the design I made up using an Easter bunny applique embroidery design that came with THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother. The flower design was also pre-loaded on the machine, but the eggs and lettering were a design that I downloaded from the internet.

 

The Easter embroidery design
The Easter embroidery design

 

I wanted to use this selection of Jungle Friends fabric from Northcott, but before stitching I wanted to preview how my design would look embroidered on the white polka dot fabric. With THE Dream Machine 2, this is an easy thing to do – just follow these steps:

 

Jungle Friends fabric from Northcott
Jungle Friends fabric from Northcott

 

Step 1 – Set the fabric thickness sensor

Go to Settings Screen page 9 and set the fabric thickness sensor to OFF if you’re using light to medium weight fabrics.

 

The fabric sensor thickness
The fabric sensor thickness

 

Step 2 – Hoop and scan

Hoop the fabric to preview in one of the embroidery frames. The only frame that can’t be used with the built-in camera is the small one. Press the Fabric Scan Key.

 

The Fabric Scan Key
The Fabric Scan Key

 

THE Dream Machine 2 scans the fabric in the embroidery hoop so that it can be displayed behind the design on the screen.

 

Scanning the fabric
Scanning the fabric

 

Step 3 – Set Background Image Display

Next, turn on the Background Image Display option by accessing page 9 of the settings screens.

 

Turn on Background Image Display
Turn on Background Image Display

 

When you go back to the embroidery screen, the embroidery design is now displayed with the actual fabric as the background! How cool is that???

 

The design with fabric background
The design with fabric background

 

Now that I know what my design will look like on the polka dot fabric, I’m ready to start embroidering!! Join me tomorrow as I use THE Dream Machine 2 to do an applique embroidery – I can’t wait!

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: 8 essential tips for embroidering free standing lace

Go to part 3: 2 in 1: applique embroidery with THE Dream Machine 2

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

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